Who will be the 8 teams still standing in October?

April 02, 2010

Respect my authority
Peter Schmuck

Baltimore Sun

I hate to ruin the suspense, but I'm pretty sure I can pick the teams right on the nose. Not because they're particularly obvious, except the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies, but because I have a tremendously inflated sense of my own ability to make accurate predictions with little real evidence to support them.

Though I'd like to pick the Mariners in the AL West, I have a personal rule against picking any team that has Milton Bradley in the middle of its lineup, so I'll take the Angels again. The Twins looked good until they lost their closer, so you have to think the Tigers will win the Central. Yankees in the East with the Red Sox winning the wild card.

In the NL, I'll take my boyhood favorite team - the Giants - in the West, the Cardinals in the Central and the Phillies as the slam dunk in the East. The NL wild card will be the Rockies.

I hope this clears things up.

pschmuck@tribune.com

Message will repeat
Phil Rogers

Chicago Tribune

History, which the late Hunter S. Thompson might call the great teacher, tells us that half the teams that reached the playoffs are going back in '10. The repeat rate has been 58 teams in 14 years since MLB adopted an eight-team format, and only three times have fewer than four returned in a season.

I am in heavy on the usual suspects, picking six teams to return - the Red Sox, Twins, Phillies, Cardinals and Rockies as division champs, and the Yankees as a wild card.

The two newcomers in my crystal ball are the Rangers as champs of the AL West (a pick based as much on what the Angels have lost as on anything that has happened in Texas) and the Braves as the NL wild card. This may be wishful thinking, but who else is there? The Cubs?

progers@tribune.com

No real surprises here
Bill Kline

The Morning Call

Yankees: CC Sabathia finally wins 20. And Tiger Woods surrenders his black book to Derek Jeter. Division winner.

White Sox: Ozzie Guillen due to either return to the playoffs or get fired. Division winner.

Angels: Jered Weaver is a big man with a big arm. Division winner.

Rays: New closer, but what about a new stadium? Wild card.

Phillies: Cliff Lee magically reappears in July, and – poof – disappears again in December. Division winner.

Cardinals: With Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, would win even if Dal Maxvill were back in the lineup. Division winner.

Dodgers: Mr. Monotone Joe Torre makes it a 15th consecutive year. But it isn't easy, as he actually has to raise his voice at least once. Division winner.

Giants: Tim Lincecum's arm isn't scheduled to fall off until August 2011. Wild card.

wkline@tribune.com

Forget about old Yanks
Bill Shaikin

Los Angeles Times

Could the Yankees go from World Series champions to missing the playoffs this year?

In a tightly contested AL East, the Rays have young, fresh arms to stock a deep rotation and good pop and speed that should flourish on one of two remaining turf fields.

The Yankees have five key players who will be 35 or older come playoff time - Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada - and there's no way to replace the first three, at least.

We'll take the Rays to win the AL East, the Tigers in the AL Central and the Angels in the AL West, with the Red Sox winning the wild card.

In the NL, we like the Rockies (West), Cardinals (Central), Phillies (East) and Braves (wild card).

wshaikin@tribune.com

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